Was wondering when this shoe would drop

The young woman, an employee of the European parliament, was starstruck when one of its senior figures — a man of nearly 60 — entered a lift alone with her. But then he started touching her, whispering indecently in her ear.

“He was stroking my hair, then my neck, going down my back . . . I just froze, I was petrified,” she said.

“I told my colleague, who said I should report him, but in the end I didn’t . . . I was afraid of losing my job, of facing the embarrassment and ruining my career.”

The harasser, a married father of two, remains a prominent MEP. His victim is one of more than a dozen junior female staffers interviewed by this newspaper who say they have been sexually harassed by MEPs. The scandal over Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, has emboldened them to speak out.

There’s a definite strand of the European Parliament which regards the stagieres as a girlfriend farm for a few months. There being a certain silliness to it as well. Some of them are star struck enough to welcome such attentions, thus it not being necessary to be aggressive about it.

19 comments on “Was wondering when this shoe would drop

  1. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the same thing happens in parliaments across the world. Put some eager young things in the same place as people who thrive on attention and some hanky-panky is inevitable… which is all fine so long as it is consensual.

    It’s not just in parliaments though. I’ve heard a few stories about the Tory conference and some of the hook-ups that go on between MPs and party members there.

  2. Again note that the issue that should be–ie how two-faced leftist scum “sexist” everybody else while hiding their own antics–is now being morphed into general “All men are Pigs” marxian femmi-cockrot. With females whinging from every point of the (Western) compass about wandering hands etc,etc.

    All the more hypocritical given the same femmi-freaks support-by-silence of far worse from the beards. But a clear indicator of how they are hoping to twist events to “support” their bullshit narrative.

  3. Several decades ago, when I was 15, I was using a public urinal late at night when I became aware of someone standing very close behind me. I turned to find a man in his 50s masturbating. He said hello and moved very close to me in a rather threatening manner. I said, ‘Fuck off, creep’, and he immediately crumpled, backing off pathetically.

    Abusers thrive on engendering fear. If you stand up to them, and behave confidently, they lose their momentum and retreat.

    PS Thanks to the internet, predatory homosexuals are now extremely rare in public loos. It must be 10 years at least since I last noticed a willy-watcher in a public urinal.

  4. The photograph and its caption that you can see above the paywall are rather wonderful. Full marks to the subs (if such still exist).

  5. “I told my colleague, who said I should report him, but in the end I didn’t . . . I was afraid of losing my job, of facing the embarrassment and ruining my career.”

    Fair enough, we all had career to think about when we were young, but if women really want this to stop they’re going to start going to the police and naming and shaming.

    And if you’re going to fuck up your career you’re best doing it while you’re young when you’ve got time to recover. They also need to ask themselves if they really want a career in an organisation that at best tacitly condones such behaviour.

    TimN had a good post on the issue of lack of moral courage in organisations.

  6. ‘The scandal over Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, has emboldened them to speak out.’

    Talking trash to a reporter is hardly bold, and isn’t speaking out.

    And how does Weinstein change ‘I was afraid of losing my job, of facing the embarrassment and ruining my career?’

    Though I’m not sure why she would be embarrassed, nor what ‘career’ she is protecting.

  7. So, you’re an overpaid nobody with few skills. Otherwise, you’d tell your boss what happened and risk getting fired because there’s another job you can do. Plenty of admin jobs out there. Probably not many with EU perks. Maybe you’d have to go work in the private sector, where they expect results.

    Like a lot of middle class women. You’ve got some non-degree in a big fat nothing that gets you in the doors of a useless government job that’s created as part of gimmicky political bollocks institution. You’ve already sold out to power, become a performing monkey rather than making yourself actually useful to people. You made yourself their bitch, they’re going to treat you like a bitch.

  8. Slightly off topic: The BBC has covered the Weinstein story but has been very quiet about its own dealings with Public Enemy Number One.

    Last year’s version of War and Peace was a BBC/Weinstein co-production and a co-produced version of Les Miserables is in the works. Harvey Weinstein was quietly dropped as a named producer a few days ago, but the BBC was unavailable for comment.

    In view of the number of actresses lining up to tell their stories (many British), one is entitled to ask what the Been knew about Weinstein’s reputation when they signed those deals.

  9. BBC has a clip with Tom Jones saying he was propositioned early In his career and that it’s both men and women targeted and it’s been going on forever, which isn’t exactly a surprise.
    Going along with it or not, he refused, being a matter of your personal morals and seconding what’s important to you etc., surprised he hasn’t been criticised for that bit

  10. I have wondered whether the Beeb’s fuss about Saville was partly intended to deflect attention from current misbehaviour.

  11. Some daft tart on Radio 4’s Moral Wankfest (or whatever it’s called) was stridently claiming that not a single wannabe star would ever willing take part in a ‘sex for stardom’ trade off.

    FFS. Weinstein seems to have been the creep that wouldn’t take no for an answer but the idea that there aren’t plenty of people who would not only be willing to make the trade but would be the ones making the offer is fucking absurd.

    “This will change Hollywood”

    Yeah. It will put a bigger premium on those who are willing to put out for fame and keep quiet about it afterwards.

  12. And if Weinstein didn’t look like a fat bloke who’d had a stroke but instead was a Paul Newman lookalike with a rock hard body, would any of these women still be complaining.

    Again FFS.

  13. And they were laughing and attacking Vice President Mike Pence for practicing Billy Graham’s rule of engagement with the opposite sex of never be alone with them without the wife present. It’s not for their protection but his reputation as there are plenty of enemies that will throw willing honeytrap at him.

  14. Bloke on M4
    “Like a lot of middle class women. You’ve got some non-degree in a big fat nothing that gets you in the doors of a useless government job that’s created as part of gimmicky political bollocks institution. You’ve already sold out to power, become a performing monkey rather than making yourself actually useful to people. You made yourself their bitch, they’re going to treat you like a bitch.”

    Exactly, the last thing these women want is a system that prevents them taking advantage of their sexuality for advancement & reward. They are dancing on the head of a pin, trying to have their cake and eat it too.

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